The United States must come up with a strategy to deal with many Middle East developments rather than wasting time, energy and resources in senseless political bickering back home like we saw over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit last week.
Would a potential agreement with Iran be better off if it received Congressional approval? Sure. It would certainly grant it some additional legitimacy. But that legitimacy is only a plus if the agreement doesn't get scuttled in the process.
While politics may not have ever truly stopped at the water's edge, it is now clear that there are no longer any issues -- even those related to the national security and well-being of the United States -- that cannot be politicized.
Republicans are constantly complaining that President Obama apologizes for this country. What is becoming more and more apparent is that there is a lot to apologize for -- particularly Republicans.
There are important debates to be had about brand new baby senator Tom Cotton's ill-advised letter to the leaders of Iran. But none of those debates have anything to do with treason, or the so-called Logan Act.
Juxtapose the contents of this March 9 letter with the 1936 United States Supreme Court case of U.S. v. Curtis-Wright Export Corporation.
I am often asked why I remain a member of the Republican Party. My stock answer has become that it's the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower and I would like very much to return it to similar hands and am working, however infinitesimally well, to do so. Leaving the party would accomplish nothing in that regard. I also contend that there are still sane and sober people -- in the minority to be sure -- remaining in my party.
Years of international campaigning have finally turned the world's attention to Iran's failure to uphold the human rights of LGBTI people, and perhaps Iran realized that their shameful persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation, or private intimate acts, is nothing to be proud of.
The consequences of sabotaging a nuclear deal would be catastrophic. It would isolate America from its closest allies and other world powers. It would free Iran from nuclear constraints and unravel the sanctions without any Iranian concessions. And, worst of all, it would lock the US onto a path towards a disastrous war.
There are lots of ways to hold Obama's feet to the fire, to make the case to the American people that there is no acceptable deal with Iran. Instead, the No Deal 47 are rewriting the constitutional, historical and political norms about foreign policy fights.
Turkey has allowed its 565-mile border with Syria to be exploited by a range of rebel factions, making Southeastern Turkey akin to Peshawar during the 1990s. And it now appears that access to Turkey's health system could be part of that deal.
Behind the veil of the international image of Iran is a vibrant, intelligent, multi-cultural and liberal population who desire nothing more than to take their rightful place on the global stage. During the Green Movement the streets burst with color. They will burst with color once again.
Republican Chair Reince Preibus was nonplussed, demanding, "Without letters on our building, how will people be able to tell the Republican Party from any other business or corporation?"
ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) won't work out any better for Republicans in 2016 than ABB (Anyone But Bush) did for Democrats in 2004. Voters still expect you to stand for something not just against whatever the president of the opposing party is doing.
The Republican Senators, by sending this letter, have shown a marked preference not only for military confrontation, but military confrontation with the risk of gravely accelerating the nuclear arms race. It imperils a whole region in the Middle East already reeling from violent extremism.
Are those who signed this letter willing to send more young American men and women to die on yet another battlefield in the Middle East when there is an option for peace without military conflict? Apparently so.